If you’re an American, unless you’ve been in a coma or living under a rock, you know the United States just had one of the most energetic mid-term elections in quite some time.
The day after, both sides are disappointed … and both sides are claiming victory.
One of the advantages of being older is we’ve seen this movie before.
In our younger days, when elections didn’t go our way, we thought it was the end of the world. Today, not so much.
It doesn’t mean we don’t care. We do. And certainly, politicians and their policies have a direct impact on our Main Street investing.
But it’s in times like these we’re reminded of the beautiful, boring stability of real estate.
Because while all the post-election drama and speculation plays out, people still get up and go to work and pay their rent.
And though the Trump-train just got slowed … like Barack Obama before him, big chunks of his agenda got pushed through early … and are likely here to stay for a while.
In other words, it doesn’t look like Obamacare or the Trump tax reform will be repealed any time soon.
More importantly, investors of all stripes … paper and real … now know what the lay of the land is for the next two years.
Early indications (based on the all-green dashboard of Wall Street) reveal there’s cash on the sidelines waiting to see what happened … and now that gridlock is the answer… money is pouring into everything.
We know that sounds counter-intuitive. But while political activists push change … too much change too fast makes money nervous.
Investors and entrepreneurs need to make decisions about long-term risk and reward. And when the world is changing too fast, those decisions are harder to make.
Way back in the lead-up to the 2010 mid-terms, we penned this piece about a concept we call “healthy tension.” Just change the team colors and it’s just as applicable today as it was back then.
The point is that money and markets like gridlock.
At this point, from an investing perspective, it doesn’t really matter if any of us like or dislike what happened … politically. It’s done.
Now we all just need to decide what it means to us and how to move forward … because life goes on.
So bringing it all back to Main Street …
We’re guessing all the great Trump-tax reform benefits for real estate investors… from bonus depreciation to Opportunity Zones … are here to stay.
And as we said just a week ago … there’s probably a lot more money headed into real estate. Nothing about this election appears to change that.
So gridlock inside the beltway means stability on Main Street.
Sure, it might be a little boring. But real estate investors are used to boring. And when it comes to long-term wealth building … boring is good.
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